"I didn't really expect anything. Coming back, I was just doing it because I wanted to and I love helping others and so it's really nice to get the recognition," said Ascencio.
"It's a testament to my coaching staff and my teachers at Xavier. I think they've helped me through everything and without them I wouldn't be in this situation. It's hard work to be a student and then athletics on top of that - you need people around you to help you," said Howard.
The two student-athletes were awarded a $1000 check from My Thai on Wednesday with the financial donation going toward their respective school.
Congratulations to Jack Howard and Odette Ascencio, our Male and Female Year Winners from our Student Athlete of the Week segment. Special thanks to My Thai for their $1K donation to the respective schools. @KESQ @XCPAthletics @RMHSAD @TaylorKESQ pic.twitter.com/ncTaVtS1A3— Blake Arthur (@BlakeArthur24) June 17, 2021
Our Student Athlete of the Week segment aired every Tuesday on KESQ News Channel 3 and featured some of our finest local 12th grade student-athletes. The qualifications are as follows:
STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK REQUIREMENTS
- STUDENT: Must be a 12th grader with 3.0 GPA or higher
- ATHLETE: Must be a standout athlete in respective sport(s)
- PERSON: Must be a leader in the community, person of high character